NEW PROVIDENCE – The NJ Sharing Network Foundation announces its second annual Share NJ 5K Race to Save Lives Through Organ & Tissue Donation on Sunday, June 10, in New Providence. Transplant recipients, donor families, volunteers, hospital professionals, corporate partners, walkers and runners will come together to remember those who gave, honor those who received and offer hope to those who continue to wait for the “Gift of Life.”
Last year’s inaugural Share NJ 5K attracted more than 4,000 participants, including transplant recipients, donor families, volunteers, children and sponsors, inspired by NJ Sharing Network’s mission, helped raise more than $450,000 to support services for organ donor families and educational initiatives offered through NJ Sharing Network. An even larger crowd is expected at this year’s event to help support organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
“This event was more than just a race or fun walk. It was more meaningful than I ever thought possible, said E. Denise Peoples, a double lung transplant recipient who participated in the inaugural event last year. “I was moved to tears by absolute strangers who care about this cause as much as I do. I can’t wait to be a part of this year’s event.”
More than 114,000 people nationwide, including nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents, are awaiting life-saving transplants. The NJ Sharing Network Foundation’s annual Share NJ 5K gives the community an opportunity to help those in need and honor those who have been touched by organ donation and transplantation.
“The Share NJ 5K Walk/Run will be an occasion to celebrate life, honor the legacy of those who gave the ultimate gift, and raise awareness of the importance of registering as an organ and tissue donor,” says Joe Roth, president and chief executive officer of NJ Sharing Network.
The 2nd Annual Share NJ 5K Walk/Run is presented by Pfizer and hosted in conjunction with the New Providence Business and Industry Association. There will be a $25 participant registration fee and participants are encouraged to form teams to help fundraise for this worthy, life-saving cause.
The Share NJ 5K Walk/Run will kick off at NJ Sharing Network’s Headquarters at 691 Central Avenue in New Providence (Exit 142 off the Garden State Parkway). Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Certified Timed race at 9 a.m., the 5K Walk/Run at 10 a.m., and Sprout Sprints (ages 3 and under) event at 11 a.m. Music, refreshments and activities for all ages will be a part of the day’s events. To register for the event, visit www.ShareNJ5K.org or contact Alli Keleman at 1-908-516-5696 for more information.
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